By Patricia L Johnson
Since when does being a junior Senator give someone a license to be callous and uncaring in addition to distorting the truth?
Senator Randal Howard [Rand] Paul (R-KY), and a member of the Tea Party movement, has only been a member of the United States Senate since January 3, 2011, which means he has only served ½ of his six-year term, yet most of us already recognize his name. Why is that?
Perhaps it is due to the fact he gets his name in the news on a regular basis with controversial subjects. A prime example is his January 26, 2014 interview on Meet the Press where he stated the following about former President William J. Clinton
“ >> you know, i mean the democrats, one of their big issues is they’ve concocted and said republicans are committing a war on women. one of the workplace laws and rules that i think are good is that bosses shouldn’t prey on young interns in their office. and i think really the media seems to have given president clinton a pass on this. he took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. there is no excuse force that. and that is predatory behavior and it should had something we shouldn’t want to associate with people who would take advantage of a young girl in his office…” Source: NBC Transcript
The media lit up like a Christmas tree after his comments, which were totally uncalled for. Senator Rand was being asked about the Republican’s ‘war on women’ and he chose to respond with erroneous data about an incident that occurred almost 20 years ago.
- First he claims the media gave President Clinton a pass – it’s obvious he wasn’t residing on Planet Earth during the Lewinsky affair.
- Next, he claims President Clinton took advantage of a 20-year old and an intern in his office. Monica Lewinsky was not 20 years old, she was 21 years old when she first began working at the White House and she was not an intern during the affair. She was an intern from July 1995 to November 13, 1995 when she accepted a paid position in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Their first sexually related encounter took place on November 15, 1995, after Lewinsky had accepted the paid position.
- Last, he claims President Clinton was guilty of predatory behavior. I’ll let you be the judge on that one.
The November 15, 1995 evening began with Monica Lewinsky showing President Clinton the straps of her thong underwear and ended with her giving him oral sex while he was trying to talk on the phone to a Member of Congress. Who is guilty?
This was not the first affair Lewinsky began with a married man, at the same time she was having an affair with the President she was also involved in an affair with her former high school drama teacher that began in 1992 and ended in 1997.
It is more than obvious Senator Rand Paul has never read, the Independent Counsel Report on the subject, and therefore knows very little about what actually took place between Monica Lewinski and President Clinton.
If he did he would sweep the entire incident under the rug due to the fact that, at this point in time, it has to be far more embarrassing to Ms. Lewinski than it could ever be to the former President. All the letters Lewinski wrote the President, all the gifts she purchased for him, and all the sleazy encounters are documented and available to the public. If Senator Paul was really interested in knowing facts he should try ‘reading’ the facts that are available.
There is no excuse for the actions of our former President regarding the situation with Ms. Lewinsky, other than he is a normal man. Unfortunately, try as they might, the majority of men just simply are not able to resist the temptation when an attractive young woman throws herself at them.
The Lewinsky affair is not much different than the majority of other affairs that have taken place during the centuries. The major difference in this instance is President Clinton got caught, he lied under oath when asked about the affair (what married man wouldn’t?) and the U.S. House of Representatives which is the area where articles of impeachment begin, was controlled by Republicans.
Of the four charges filed against the President, Clinton was impeached on two of the charges (perjury) and (obstruction of justice) but the other two even failed to pass the House. He was eventually acquitted by the Senate with five Republican Senators also voting for acquittal. President Clinton went on to regain the respect of the majority in the U.S., as well as billions around the world with the Clinton Foundation.
No matter how you mix the tea leaves, the fact remains the Republicans have an ongoing war against women and bringing up an incident from almost 20 years ago isn’t going to change that fact.
© 2014 Patricia L Johnson
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